Posted on: 14 November 2017
When most people think about Mexican food, they automatically think of cheesy, saucy dishes like enchiladas or savory sides like seasoned rice or refried beans. Mexican cuisine is equally notorious for flavorful and unforgettable desserts, though they don't often get the appreciation that they deserve. Whether you're planning a taco bar or a full-scale Mexican theme for your next dinner party, you shouldn't overlook dessert. Here are some ideas that are sure to satisfy everyone's sweet tooth.
Fried Cinnamon Citrus Bananas
Fried bananas are a traditional Mexican dessert, and they are extremely easy to make. You'll need to have bananas that are ripe enough that they're starting to show a couple of brown spots, but they shouldn't be so ripe that the skin is more brown than not. To serve four people, you'll want four bananas.
Slice the bananas at an angle so that you get oval-shaped slices. Set them aside. Then, place a tablespoon of butter for each banana into a skillet over medium heat. Add a quarter-cup each of brown sugar and orange juice, then stir in about a tablespoon of lemon juice. Heat it all, stirring to help the brown sugar dissolve and the butter melt. When everything is hot, add the banana slices. Grate some fresh cinnamon over the top and cook the bananas for about five minutes. You can serve them as-is, over sponge cake, or even over ice cream.
Cinnamon Sugar Tortillas
These tortilla chips are lightly crisp, sweet, and a great vessel for Mexican chocolate sauce or something similar. Cut some flour tortillas into wedges, then spray each one lightly with some butter-flavored cooking spray. Combine some sugar and cinnamon, then sprinkle the mixture over the top of each of the tortillas. Place them on a baking sheet that's been sprayed with cooking spray.
Bake the tortilla chips at 425 degrees for about ten minutes, or until they're crisp. They are great for dessert nachos, too. You can use chocolate sauce, strawberry slices, and whipped cream to create an irresistible treat for everyone.
Spiced Chocolate Chip Cookies
Made with Mexican chocolate, the light spice of these chocolate chip cookies will set them apart from any traditional chocolate chip cookie your guests may have had before. You can even use your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe with just a few modifications. Instead of traditional chocolate chips, chop up some Mexican chocolate into fine pieces. Use that for the chocolate chip component of the cookie. In addition, add about a teaspoon of instant coffee granules and a quarter teaspoon of cayenne pepper to the cookie batter. This will give you a well-rounded flavor with a subtle spice that's going to bring Mexican flavor to a classic treat.
As classic Mexican desserts go, churros are by far one of the most widely known. What you may not know is that they are really easy to make yourself. Combine a cup each of water and flour with a couple of tablespoons of granulated sugar, a dash of salt, and a couple of tablespoons of oil. Mix it well to make a batter. You can add a dash of vanilla as well, if you'd like. Then, heat some oil in a pan on the stove. Put the batter into a piping bag or a freezer bag with the corner cut off. Before filling the bag, fit it with a star-shaped piping tip and then squeeze small strips of the batter into the hot oil. Fry them until they're golden brown, roll them in cinnamon sugar, and serve them with chocolate sauce.
If you're not confident in your ability to make treats like these, visit your local Mexican restaurant and see if you can order some desserts to go, or have them cater the entire affair. Your guests will love the thought you've put into the meal even if you don't make it yourself. Contact Mexican restaurants in your area for more information.Share